There’s no better day to bask in the sun and show some patriotic pride than Independence Day. Throw a 4th of July bash in style at a local park—or right in your backyard. Here’s our three-step plan for throwing a grill party decked out in red, white and blue.
Step 1: Get the right grill.
Getting the right grill for the job is priority one. A portable, lightweight number with the maximum grate size is what you should be hunting. The Aussie Walk-A-Bout Charcoal Grill is one winner for an outdoor throw-down. We liked that it folds flat so that you can wheel it in and out with ease. Also, the wheels are sturdy enough to take it off-road to the perfect spot. The festive red top added a splash of color that definitely fit the theme.
The lightweight but tough Brinkmann Barrel Charcoal Smoker is also a solid choice for a sizeable outdoor party. The temperature gauge and adjustable damper allowed us to get the heat just right for juicy beef kebabs. (Steal this marinade recipe: Apple butter, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper.)
If you are having your picnic at the park, check out the grilling policy ahead of time: Some locations do not allow charcoal, so you may need to opt for an electric grill. (Also, check out where charcoal disposal is located before you get going.) Check out the Brinkmann Portable Propane Gas Grill for an easy set up. The porcelain-coated grates make for an easy exit as well, since food won’t stick to them.
Step 2: Keep them cool.
You’ve got to keep the masses hydrated, so you may as well do it in style. Filling up these Vintage Beverage Jars will add some some cool Americana to the shindig, especially when they have red, white and blue teas in them. Brew a blueberry tea, a white tea and a raspberry tea a little stronger, and then fill to the brim with ice.
Step 3: Make it festive.
Without a few flourishes of festivity, your party’s just a picnic. Trot the patriotic pride outside with these pretty upgrades: A brick flag centerpiece is a low-cost way to bring a burst of color to a serving table. A DIY ombré tablecloth is a clever repurposing of gardener’s burlap that riffs on a trend. Decorate with plenty of cupcakes, cobblers and pies and watch the crowd come running. Since a flag is a necessity on the 4th, the Stars and Stripes Full Fan Flag adds a bit of classic Independence Day charm.
Finally, and we guess you could call this Step 4– kick back and enjoy. Appreciation is what the holiday is all about. Have fun, and be safe.